Women's tennis edges No. 4 UGA, 4-3; men fall

Aleke Tsoubanos battled back after losing the first set to Georgia's Jitka Schonfeldova to win the deciding match point as Vanderbilt's fifth-ranked women's tennis team beat the fourth-ranked Bulldogs 4-3 Sunday. VU improved to 9-1 in SEC competition. Meanwhile, the men's tennis team fell to Georgia in Athens, 5-2.

NASHVILLE-- Aleke Tsoubanos battled back after losing the first set to Georgia's Jitka Schonfeldova to win the deciding match point as Vanderbilt's fifth-ranked women's tennis team beat the fourth-ranked Bulldogs 4-3 Sunday.

Urged on by a partisan crowd, Tsoubanos rallied to win the second set 7-5 after dropping the first set by the same score. The Vanderbilt senior jumped to a 3-0 advantage in the third set before watching her lead shrink to 4-3. The senior won the last two games to allow Vanderbilt to win for the 19th time in 21 matches. VU is 9-1 in SEC competition.

Vanderbilt dropped the doubles point despite Tsoubanos and partner Kelly Schmandt making quick work of Evgenia Subbotina and Jitka Schonfeldova at No. 1.

The Commodores registered singles victories by Audra Falk at No. 1, Schmandt at No. 2, Ashley Schellhas at No. 4 in addition to Tsoubanos' memorable win at No. 3.

Georgia falls to 16-3 overall, 8-2 in the SEC.

Tsoubanos/Schmandt (VU) def. Subbotina/Schonfeldova (UGA) 8-3
Robinson/Smith (UGA) def. Falk/Fish (VU) 8-4
Frazier/Wink (UGA) def. Schellhas/Menees (VU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

Audra Falk (VU) def. Evgenia Subbotina (UGA) 6-1, 6-3
Kelly Schmandt (VU) def. Shadisha Robinson (UGA) 6-1, 7-5
Aleke Tsoubanos (VU) def.  Jitka Schonfeldova (UGA) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
Natalie Frazier (UGA) def. Amanda Fish (VU) 6-3, 6-0
Ashley Schellhas (VU) def. Douglas Wink (UGA) 6-1, 6-4
Alexandra Smith (UGA) def. Annie Menees (VU) 6-4, 7-5
Order Of Finish: 4, 1, 5, 2, 6, 3*

ATHENS, Ga.-- The 20th-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team was defeated by tenth-ranked Georgia, 5-2, Sunday at the Henry Field Stadium courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Vanderbilt dropped to 12-8 overall and 5-4 in SEC play, while Georgia improved to 14-3, 6-2.

Georgia jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match when the No.2 doubles tandem of Matias Ormaza and Strahinja Bobusic broke the Vanderbilt pair of Zach Dailey andGreg Sossaman at 7-3 to clinch the doubles point at 8-3.

The No. 1 Bulldog duo of John Isner and Bo Hodge were also victorious in their decision over the Commodores' Scott Brown and Lewis Smith. Hodge and Isner took control early and broke serve to seal the victory at 8-4.

At No. 3 doubles, Matic Omerzel and Ricardo Gonzalez dropped a tough 4-8 match to Vanderbilt's Chad Harris and Matthew Lockin. The match was tied at 3-3, but Vanderbilt got a break and held for the win at 8-4.

After a brief intermission, singles play resumed with Strahinja Bobusic turning in the first singles victory of the afternoon for the bulldogs. Playing the No.5 position, Bobusic overpowered Vanderbilt's Lewis Smith to win the 6-2, 6-0, giving the home team a 2-0 advantage in the match.

However, Vanderbilt would not be denied and brought the match score to 1-2 when No. 66 Matthew Lockin defeated Georgia's No. 99 Matias Ormaza 6-0, 7-5. Ormaza struggled early, but found his rhythm in the second set, just falling short of forcing the second set tie break.

No. 15 Bo Hodge answered at No. 1 singles giving the Bulldogs an insurance point and making the match score 3-1 by defeating No. 52 Scott Brown of Vanderbilt. Hodge broke Brown's serve at 2-1 and did not allow another game for Brown the rest of the second set for a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

At No. 2 singles, John Isner was looking to upset the most highly ranked opponent he has faced during his collegiate career in Vanderbilt's 14th-ranked Chad Harris. Isner took the first set tie breaker on a forehand volley winner and carried that momentum into the second set where he broke Harris' serve to clinch the second set and the match for the Bulldogs.

With the match already decides, Matic Omerzel and Vanderbilt's Zach Dailey were doing battle at No. 4 singles. Georgia's Ormaza claimed the first set 7-6,but Dailey rallied back to even the match at one set apiece. Both coaches decided to play a match tie break to decide the No. 4 spot with Dailey prevailing 10-8.

1. (5) Hodge/Isner (UGA) def. Brown/Smith (VU), 8-4
2. Bobusic/Ormaza (UGA) def. Dailey/Sossaman (VU), 8-3*
3. Harris/Lockin (VU) def. Omerzel/Gonzalez (UGA), 8-4

1. (15) Bo Hodge (UGA) def. (52) Scott Brown (VU), 6-4, 6-1
2. John Isner (UGA) def. (14) Chad Harris (VU), 7-6(6), 6-2*
3. (66) Matthew Lockin (VU) def. Matias Ormaza (UGA), 6-0, 7-5
4. (58) Zach Dailey (VU) def. Matic Omerzel (UGA), 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-8 (match tie break)
5. Strahinja Bobusic (UGA) def. Lewis Smith (VU), 6-2, 6-0
6. Ricardo Gonzalez (UGA) def. Nathan Sachs (VU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

*clinched doubles point; clinched match

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